- Recess means a break time.
- An example of recess is when Congress is not in session.
- An example of recess is when students take a break from school work to play outside.
- The definition of a recess is an indentation in a wall or other surface.
An example of a recess is a light fixture that is slightly embedded into the ceiling.
- To recess is to take a break.
An example of to recess is to stop a trial for lunch.
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- a receding or hollow place, as in a surface, wall, etc.; niche
- a secluded, withdrawn, or inner place: subterranean recesses, the recesses of the subconscious
- a temporary withdrawal from or halting as of work, business, or study
- in elementary school, a scheduled period of relaxation or play, esp. outdoors
- Anat. a small cavity, hollow, indentation, etc. in an organ or part
Origin: L recessus from past participle of recedere: see recede
- to place or set in a recess
- to form a recess in
- ☆ to halt temporarily: to recess a hearing
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- a. A temporary cessation of the customary activities of an engagement, occupation, or pursuit.b. The period of such cessation. See Synonyms at pause.
- A remote, secret, or secluded place. Often used in the plural.
- a. An indentation or small hollow.b. An alcove.
- To place in a recess.
- To create or fashion a recess in: recessed a portion of the wall.
- To suspend for a recess: The committee chair recessed the hearings.
Origin: Latin recessus, retreat, from past participle of recēdere, to recede; see recede1.
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